3 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

Welcome Chicken + Donuts Today

If you've been impatiently waiting for the coming of this second restaurant from the folks behind Welcome Diner, here's a great piece of news to start your week: The wait is over. Welcome Chicken + Doughnuts officially opens its doors to the public today and will be serving artisan doughnuts and bone-in fried chicken from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant is located at 1550 E. Buckeye Road, near 16th Street and Buckeye Road, and has been testing doughnut flavors such as Niman bacon and real maple, blueberry cocoa nibs, and carrot toasted coconut and almonds. Mouth watering yet? Yeah, ours, too.

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Sprinkles Cupcakes Wednesday, November 12

Did someone say, "Free cookies?"

Yes, yes we did. This Wednesday Sprinkles Cupcakes in Scottsdale will be giving away 100 free Chocolate Chip or Salted Oatmeal Cornflake cookies to customers. All you have to do is show up at the bakery at 3 p.m. to claim your sweet prize. The cookies, which are made with ingredients such as semisweet callebaut chocolate chips and toasted rolled oats and cornflakes, are not currently available for sale in the Phoenix area, but you can buy Sprinkles cookie dough online. Limit one cookie per customer.

Real & Rare - A Rare Taste of Gilbert Thursday, November 13

There's a lot to do, see, and eat these days in Gilbert but unless you live in the area it can be quite a trek to get out there and experience it. That's why this Thursday, Local First Arizona is hosting Real & Rare - A Rare Taste of Gilbert. The event, a part of Local First Arizona and the Localist Program, will be a three-part tour of Gilbert's culinary destinations. The tour begins at Real Joe's BBQ, where attendees will get "dinner featuring traditional smoked fare alongside some unexpected choices." Next the group will head to Joyride Taco House for a tequila tasting, before moving along to Liberty Market for dessert. The final stop will be at Art Intersection for an exclusive guided tour of their current exhibitions and a silent auction. The tour starts at 6 p.m. and costs $40 for Localist members or $50 for non-members. For more information visit the Real & Rare website.

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